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The leader of the 400 Mawozo gang is demanding $1 million ransom be paid for each of the 17 missionaries they hold hostage or he has vowed to begin executing them. Pictures and video have been released that appear to confirm all 17 are still alive. The US State Department believes the video to be legitimate. Christian Aid Ministries does not want to make any comment that may endanger the lives of those missionaries being held. I have a pastor friend that has traveled to Haiti many times both for humanitarian relief and to train local pastors to be effective in their ministry. Haiti is an impoverished nation with government corruption and mismanagement of the highest order. Pray for the people of Haiti, these 17 missionaries in particular, and the political situation which prevents conditions from changing.

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The Blackwood Brothers Quartet was the first music group of any genre to travel by tour bus. Shown here is a replica of their 1939 cross city bus they upgraded and took on tour in the 1950’s. It was air conditioned and had bunk beds and recliners. J.D. Sumner is given credit for first promoting travel by tour bus. Before that groups traveled in cars, with musicians inside and trunks full of instruments and equipment.

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The armor of God (Ephesians 6) has no pants. That’s because men preparing for hard labor or going into battle were commanded to gird up their loins:

The Proverbs 31 woman girds her loins in strength but it’s usually associated with men. Most modern translations render the Hebrew “she girds her loins with strength” as she dresses herself or she wraps herself in strength but I’ve linked several translations side by side here. God tells Job to gird up his loins like a man in Job 38:3 but there again you have to go to the KJV for that translation, some modern translation give it in the footnotes. 1 Peter 1:13 is rendered “gird up the loins of your mind” in the King James but simply “prepare your minds for action” in the ESV. Girding one’s loins is an old concept because we’re dealing with another culture(s) millenia ago on the other side of the world. Men didn’t wear pants and thus the full armor of God has no pants.

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Apple Cider Donuts are a cake type of donut with a pretty soft texture. Oreo’s have a crunchy cookie on either side but it’s crazy how much these things taste like apple cider donuts. This was an impulse buy. Fall doesn’t last long, do something wacky.

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Disaster relief leads to salvation. Let’s start off with some good news, that ought to be a welcome change of pace. Natural disasters often bring destruction of property and sometimes loss of life but they present opportunities for the church to step up and act like God’s children. Disaster relief is a real world application of putting others’ needs before our own and doing things for the least of these, expecting nothing in return. Click here to read the Christian Index story shown above.

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Satur-deja Vu, Appendix A

There’s always another thing or two I meant to say. So rather than wait until next Saturday and forget again, here they are.

Dug Days premiered on Disney+ September 1, only a few days after the passing of Ed Asner. The five episode series of shorts is one of the last projects Asner worked on. With a smaller crew, owing partly to Covid, it took Pixar about 11 months to produce the 40 minutes or so animation. All five episodes are currently streaming on Disney+. I hope it goes without say they are delightful.

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Happy Eggs are happy! Happy Monday was published and links had been shared on Facebook and Twitter. It was a little later than I usually have breakfast and as a I dropped two eggs in the pan I noticed this face smiling back at me. Obviously I ran to get my phone and take a pic. First the eggs were happy. Then the eggs were scrambled with shredded cheese. Then the eggs were a sandwich. The old saying is true: You are what you eat so then I was happy!

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Live long and prosper. September 8th was the 55th anniversary of the series premiere of Star Trek. The original series was cancelled by NBC after only three seasons but Gene Roddenberry, the Great Bird of the Galaxy, would eventually get a motion picture and another series on television. Today there are multiples franchises of films and I think we’re up to nine series if you count everything. But it all started this week 55 years ago in 1966 with what Roddenberry described as “Wagon Train to the stars.”

This is the week for anniversaries and we’ve got a bunch of them.

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Periodic Table of the Bible – This chart divides books of the Bible into groups such as Pentateuch and Gospels. Click on the image to view full size. The year the book was written appears above the abbreviation while the title and writer is listed below. At the time of publication they were giving away self-adhesive cards that will stick to pretty much anything and are weatherproof/dishwasher safe. Click to here to find out more.

There are many things I could do for the price of my morning coffee. That may be true but that money is earmarked for coffee.

-Clark Bunch
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Hurricane Ida is of immediate concern to anyone along the Gulf coast. What had been forecast to be a category 1 storm just a few days ago now has the potential to make landfall as category 4. The projected path of this storm will place the center just west of New Orleans meaning the storm surge coming in from the ocean will be much stronger than with Hurricane Katrina because of the direction of wind rotation. So while we have known about this storm for several days the forecast has recently gotten much worse. Pray for residents of Louisiana as well as Mississippi and Alabama who will also be directly affected. The relief efforts will begin shortly, give emergency crews time to get in and do what they do first.

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